LTABAZ Annual Festival

 

For the past 6th years, Phonetic Spit has produced the Annual Youth Voices Rise Poetry Festival. This year, we kickoff a new national partnership with Young Chicago Authors to bring LOUDER THAN A BOMB youth poetry festival to Arizona. Our festival remains the same, but with a larger, national collaborative network. This festival brings together high school and middle school slam poetry teams from across the greater Phoenix Area to celebrate youth voices in a tournament-style competition.

LTABAZ EVENTS. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

UNITY DAY: CROSSING THE STREET
Saturday, February 10, 2018 Register for Unity Day
As the official kickoff to LTABAZ, Unity Day creates a safe space to bring together the many diverse communities of youth across Arizona for a one-day conference designed to educate the participants on many different stereotypes surrounding race, ethnicity, culture and gender. The conference empowers our youth to see past their fears and recognize the similarities we all possess as the human race. In addition to workshops on stereotypes & unity, youth participate in creative writing and expression workshop designed to cultivate student’s personal identity and emotional literacy.

QUEEROSITY OPEN MIC
Wednesday February 14, 2018
On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate curiosity, honesty, and queer love in Queerosity – a workshop and open mic space for queer and questioning youth. Bring your babefriends and maybe friends and loving hearts to this brave space, without fear and only with compassion.
~ We may be crazy, but that doesn’t make us wrong (in honor of Marsha P. Johnson). ~

LOVE YOUR MELANIN OPEN MIC
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
Black&Brown Sisterhood is something to be celebrated. Come listen to and share stories in solidarity with other beautiful womyn of color in a brave space, without fear of judgement and with only the expectation of authenticity. Workshop to be followed by an open mic.
~ Still, we will rise (in honor of Maya Angelou). ~

LTABAZ INDIE SLAM
Saturday, March 3, 2018 (Register here)
A 2 round poetry slam open to high school students who are not able to compete on LTAB teams. The first 20 students to register will perform an original poem scored by 5 judges. The top 7 scoring poets will advance to a second round. The winner will be determined by combining their 2 round scores.

LTABAZ TEAM PRELIM BOUTS
Friday, March 9, 2018 (Register your team)
Prelimary Bouts to determine the teams advancing to the final rounds. Free to attend, no ticket required. Come show up and show out!

Team Checkin – 6pm
Doors Open to Public – 6:30pm
Bout Performances – 7pm – 9pm

LTABAZ TEAM FINALS
Saturday, March 10, 2018 (RSVP your Free Ticket!)
Teams compete to become the 2018 All-City Poet Slam Champions
FREE to attend, but a ticket is required.

Team Checkin – 6pm
Doors Open to Public – 6:30pm
Final Performances – 7pm – 9pm